Nursing home abuse is a serious problem in New Jersey and throughout the country. There are several forms of nursing home abuse, ranging from neglect to outright physical or verbal abuse. The harm that nursing home residents can submit a claim for includes disfigurement, shorter life expectancy, punitive damages, loss of enjoyment in life and mental torture.
What counts as mental torture?
If you fear asking for help with an injury, you may file for damages. There are also two other types of fears that you may collect damages for. These fears include realizing that an incident is going to injure you and fear about what else could have happened during the time of the incident. If the incident was severe enough to cause PTSD, this too is something that you can file damages for because it is clear evidence of nursing home abuse.
What counts as disfigurement?
Signs that a nursing home member may be suffering from disfigurement include if they have hair loss or scarring caused by someone in the nursing home. Disfigurement shows that the senior citizens at the nursing home are not being treated with respect and may cause serious mental distress.
You can seek damages as the heirs or dependents
If you are an heir or dependent on someone living in a nursing home, you can file for damages such as a loss of parental guidance and for losing companionship that they entitled you to. You can also collect damages for grief related to nursing home abuse.
You want to make sure that your loved ones are well taken care of when they are in a nursing home. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you or a loved one has been abused in a nursing home, seek counsel from an experienced attorney.